Nigerian Senate Moves To Regulate Bleaching Creams And Cosmetics

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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, gave a mandatory order to its Committee on Health to investigate the procedures for certification on quality and safety of Cosmetics and propose a way forward for accountability, Njenje Media News reports.

The upper legislative chamber also directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to rise up to its duty of regulating importation, formulation and sale of cosmetics within Nigeria.

These resolutions came into the fore following the adoption, by the Senate, of the prayers in a motion titled: “Need for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control to move swiftly to regulate formulation and distribution of cosmetics. The motion was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central).

Senator Tinubu in her lead debate, urged her colleagues to note the proliferation of small and medium enterprises and businesses “whose stock in trade is the formulation of beauty products ranging from lotions to Oils, scrubs and soaps, with many labelled handmade, natural and/or organic.”

She observed that that the use of natural plants for beauty and medicinal purposes is as old as humanity and expressed worry over the non-regulation of bleaching creams in the market which contain harmful substances that could put the lives of buyers at risk.

She therefore, reminded the house that the regulation of any sector, for the protection of its people was a duty of Government. Senators in their contributions supported the motion.

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